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Monday, June 6, 2011

My Monday Muse: Five Inspiring Truths and a Photo

Aretha Franklin

  1. As a young girl, Aretha Franklin made a name for herself singing in the church choir where her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, was the head minister.  Her family lived in the same West Detroit neighborhood as Smokey Robinson. When his newly formed group The Miracles needed choreography, Aretha and her sister taught them dance moves.
  2. In 1961, she went on tour with another gospel-turned-secular singer: Sam Cooke.  Witnessing Sam's success, Aretha thought, “It might be possible for me, too.”
  3. Her father was a friend and collegue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1968, when the city of Detroit declared February 16th to be Aretha Franklin Day, Dr. King joined her onstage that night. It was her first sold out concert. 
  4. Though many R&B singers of her generation did not write their own material, Ms. Franklin, a gifted pianist and lyricist, penned some of her most famous songs including Rock Steady and Think. She wrote the 1972 hit Daydreaming about vocalist Dennis Edwards of the Temptations. When he admitted that he made a mistake by not marrying her, Aretha replied, “You sure did.”
  5. She has 18 Grammy Awards, 17 Top Ten hits, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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